Arsenal became the first team to win the FA Cup via a penalty shoot-out, despite being outplayed throughout the game, after neither side managed to score in the initial 90 minutes or in 30 minutes of extra time.
Jens Lehmann made the crucial save from Paul Scholes as the destination of the trophy was decided on penalties for the first time in its history.
United were left empty-handed after Wayne Rooney hit the post and Freddie Ljungberg deflected Ruud van Nistelrooy’s header on to the bar. Jose Antonio Reyes was sent off before Patrick Vieira’s deciding penalty.
United were in control for almost the entire match, but German goalkeeper Lehmann was in inspired form, saving brilliantly from Scholes in extra-time and then producing the stop that won the Cup for Arsenal.
Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney and Roy Keane were on the mark for United in the shoot-out, but Arsenal’s spot-kicks were flawless.